After last year's successful pop-up markets at the Avenue Road Arches, we're bringing back a new series of fairs for the summer season launching with the Forest Gate Homeware Fair down the station strip on Saturday 16th July, 10am-5pm.

The traders will be hawkin' handcrafted goods and Forest Gate greenery with a curated collection of homeware courtesy of:

East London Pottery: Forest Gate's freelance florist and potter Jess Webb combines with local ceramicist Emily Merritt Ceramics to bring their East London Pottery to the Avenue Road Arches.

Their pottery pop-up will showcase their hand glazed homeware and wheel thrown tableware including bowls, bud vases, coffee cups, plant pots, plates, tea bowls and more to adorn your shelves and tabletops.

Established 25 Atelier: After hosting last year's lampshade workshops at Tracks, we welcome back local creative Michelle Drew. Michelle's ethos is to make timeless well-crafted products with broad appeal, also aiming to support and work with artisans and manufacturers from the Newham neighbourhood. As a small business, her Established 25 Atelier’s focus is on producing small runs and limited edition pieces, with a zero-waste approach using end of line materials sourced predominantly in the UK. She is strongly influenced by the bright colours and light of the Caribbean which can be seen in their own range of unique fabrics.

Whether it's her soft furnishings of cushions and lampshades or choice couture of seasonal totes and silk scarves, add an injection of light and colour to your superior interior and summer wardrobe.

Green & Lush: Forest Gate’s plant purveyor Kalpna Livermore organises the annual Forest Gate Jumble Trail and in 2020 launched her pet project Green & Lush to turn your Forest Gate gaffs into plant paradise. Think just about everyone in the E7 environ has scored some succulents off Kalpna via her home delivery service and plant pop-ups she's hosted previously at East Ham's Central Park Cafe, Leytonstone's Patch Cafe, the Manor Park Market and down the Avenue Road Arches station strip at Tracks.

Read more about Kalpna in our Local Lives feature on her here.

Sonya Patel Ellis: If you're a regular reader of The Forest no doubt you would have read local author Sonya's Nature Connections column (all about the nature of Wanstead Flats) and The Front Line (shining a spotlight on the front gardens of Forest Gate) check 'em all out in our Home & Garden section here.

Sonya will be hosting a book signing to celebrate the launch of her latest book The Modern Gardener (Harper Collins 2022).

Check out her website for more of her published books and botanically inspired prints.

Swift Picture Frames: Our Forest Gate mate Adam Swift's bespoke picture framing business has gone from being a Whatsapp word-of-mouth side hustle during lockdown and formed into a fully-fledged operation framing for local artists, exhibitions, homes and now taking on commissions.

So if you've been staring at that picture gathering dust down in the basement this is the perfect opportunity to book Adam and finally get the damn thing framed!

Three Twenty: Making her market debut will be Leytonstone's Victoria Firmston who'll be bringing her carefully curated collection of handpicked homewares and 20th Century furniture to add a timeless aesthetic to your home abode.

So shop small and support our lil' local E7 economy by adorning your home abode!

The Forest will be hosting the Forest Gate Homeware Fair down the Avenue Road Arches on Saturday 16th July.